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The Hunter, R. mss., 1932-1935, are papers of Robert Hunter, 1874-1942, sociologist.

Career: born April 10, 1874, at Terre Haute, Indiana; son of William Robert and Caroline (Fouts) Hunter; graduated from Indiana University, 1896; secretary of Chicago Bureau of Charities, 1896-1902; lived at Hull House, 1899-1902; prominent in promoting first anti-tuberculosis campaign in U.S.; in summer of 1899 a resident of Toynbee Hall, London; head-worker in University Settlement, New York City, 1902- 1904; chairman, New York Child Labor Committee, 1902-1906; married Caroline Margheretta Phelps Stokes, 1903; member of Socialist Party, 1905-1914; candidate for New york State Assembly, 1908; candidate for Governor of Connecticut, 1910; moved to West coast, 1917; lectured on economics and English at University of California, 1918-1922; president of Berkeley Public Charities Commission, 1921; member, special committee of the National Economic League on Monetary Problems of the U.S., 1934-1938; author of books published 1901-1940; died, Santa Barbara, California, May 15, 1942.

Biographical material on Robert Hunter may be found in the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, XXXI (New York, 1944), p. 16-17 and in R.E. Banta, comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books...Crawfordsville, Ind., Wabash College, 1949, p. 165.

The collection consists of Robert Hunter's "Memoirs;" a few letters, 1932-1935; photographs and printed matter, largely newspaper clippings.

The "Memoirs" relate to Hunter's early life in Terre Haute, his college days at Indiana University, his welfare work in Chicago and New York, and reminiscences of prominent persons he knew including Jane Addams, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Eugene Victor Debs, Finley Peter Dunne, Samuel Gompers, Maksim Gorkii, George David Herron, Morris Hillquit, Petr Aleksieevich Kropotkin, Ernest Poole, Theodore Roosevelt, Algie Martin Simons, and Ilia L'vovich Tolstoi.

Of the letters the most important is a mimeographed letter, dated October 12, 1933, from Hunter to Senator John William Elmer Thomas on inflation.

The photographs include several pictures of Robert Hunter, his family, his birthplace, a group photograph of the Indiana University chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the time he was in college, and a photograph of Eugene Debs inscribed to Robert Hunter.

Collection size: 6 items

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